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Eldon Wayne Gessman

Eldon Wayne Gessman, age 78, of Vandalia, MO passed away at 2:46 am Sunday, December 6, 2020, at the Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal, Missouri. 

The family will host a memorial service at a later date.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia, Missouri. 

Eldon was born on January 25, 1942, in Eolia, Missouri the son of Elmo and Emma (Pollard) Gessman.

He was united in marriage to Mary Lee Gessman on April 6, 1974 in Montgomery City, Missouri. She survives him of the home. 

Other survivors included five children, Kenny (Deborah) Gessman of Wellsville, MO, Twila Gessman of Mexico, MO, James Lee (Melissa) Pollard of Athens, AL, Lynnette Mays of Hannibal, MO, Deena (William) Eckhoff of Vandalia, MO; one sister, Gayle (Gary) Labanca of Bellflower, MO; one brother, Stanley (Ann) Hazel of Vandalia, MO; twenty nine grandchildren, forty two great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Murry Gessman, Roger Gessman, Ronald Gessman; one son, Dennis Gessman and one daughter, Marietta Siebel.

Eldon worked as a Corrections Officer for Missouri Department of Corrections - Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Vandalia.

He was a member of  Living Water Ministries of Perry, MO and loved his church. Eldon loved drawing, fishing, puzzles and being outdoors on the farm. He loved his grandkids and spending time with them more than anything and will be missed dearly. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Living Water Ministries of Perry, MO, in care of Waters Funeral Home. 

Online condolences may be made to the family on Eldon's memorial page at www.watersfuneral.com  

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A candle was lit in memory of Eldon Gessman

Colleen Cullom Fuget Nov 6 2021 1:29 AM

Wish I would have gotten the chance to meet him. I never knew I had a grandfather.. -Toots Wayne Gessman
May his soul rest in piece.

Toots wayne gessman Dec 18 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Mary Lee and family, please accept my condolences on the passing of Eldon. Praying for your healing, comfort, strength and peace during this difficult time.
Dru (Anderson) Nugent

Dru Nugent (Anderson) Dec 10 2020 12:00 AM

These man was a great person..he always callled me little Meri and gave me a hug when ever he sees me .. will great miss him and his talks .. I'm glad I have a lot of memories with this family

Meri Kuda Dec 9 2020 12:00 AM

I truly enjoyed his friendship, I always appreciated his kindness and fellowship at Bible study and church, hell be greatly missed.

Scott Johnson Dec 9 2020 12:00 AM